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Emily and Trixie enjoying quality time in Phoenix.
PETALING JAYA: It was a dream come true for five-year-old Emily Wyler when the cute Malaysian puppy she fell in love with finally arrived at her doorstep in Phoenix, Arizona.
Her mother Stacey had shown Emily a picture of the puppy, which was posted on Facebook by canine welfare group Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) and Chica-go-based International Street Dog Foundation (ISDF) a few months ago.
After all the preliminaries were completed, the puppy, named Dumbo, finally arrived at the Wyler home on Saturday.
The puppy, now renamed Trixie, left Malaysia on Wednesday for Chicago and spent a few days there at a foster home before flying off to Phoenix.
“Emily was in heaven! She insisted on sitting in the back seat with her and sang to her softly on the way home from the airport,” said Stacey.
Stacey said the family was thrilled to adopt Trixie. “Trixie is very sweet and cuddly,” she said.
Meanwhile, Bobby, Trixie’s travel partner from Malaysia, has also settled in well with his new family in Chicago.
Bobby, renamed Blue, has been adopted by Lindsay Adair and Aaron Shelly who also have another dog called Webster.
“We fell in love with him right away,” said Adair, adding that Blue had adjusted well into their household.
Eight-month-old Trixie was rescued from the Kuala Lumpur City Hall pound where she was wasting away after being infected with the deadly parvovirus about six months ago.
Blue was rescued from Gombak where he was suffering from a smashed pelvis and had a big wound on his back.
MDDB general manager Derene Lee said they owed it to ISDF for helping them find homes for both Trixie and Blue.
“We also want to thank Diane Levinson, from California, who had adopted our Pudu strays Chinta and Toby, for introducing us to ISDF,” said Lee.
ISDF raises funds to rehome destitute dogs rescued from Asia, especially from the dog meat trade, in the United States.
According to Lee, MDDB was already working on sending its next pair of rescued dogs for overseas adoption.
“Its difficult to get adult dogs adopted in Malaysia as people prefer puppies.
“We have many adult dogs which are languishing in our half-way-home,” said Lee.
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